Executive Order Establishes Presidential Commission To Promote “Efficient” Elections

If you are like me and knowing about the obvious
voter fraud and the conflicting numbers in the 2012 elections, then this should come as no surprise, albeit the irony is coming from the side on which the fraud seemed apparent. On Thursday Barack Obama issued an executive order which will establish a Presidential Commission of Election Administration.

The Commission is to be composed of not more than nine members appoints by the President and they will be drawn from among distinguished individuals with knowledge about or experience in the administration of State or local elections, as well as representatives of successful customer service-oriented businesses, and any other individuals with knowledge or experience determined by the President to be of value to the Commission. Also the President will have authority to designate two members as Co-Chairs.

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration is being headed by two longtime Washington attorneys, Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg. Bauer was general counsel to the president’s re-election campaign and is also Obama’s former White House counsel. Ginsberg was national counsel to Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and also to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns.

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So what is the commission to do? Officially the executive order‘s mission states:

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“The Commission shall identify best practices and otherwise make recommendations to promote the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay, and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles in casting their ballots, such as members of the military, overseas voters, voters with disabilities, and voters with limited English proficiency.”

The Commission will be providing recommendations on the number, location, management, operation, and design of polling places, the training, recruitment, and number of poll workers, and voting accessibility for uniformed and overseas voters.

They will also be making recommendations on the efficient management of voter rolls and poll books, voting machine capacity and technology, ballot simplicity and voter education, voting accessibility for individuals with disabilities, limited English proficiency, and other special needs.

Other issues they will be addressing include managing the processing of provision ballots in the polling place on Election Day along with issues concerning absentee ballot programs.

Contingency plans for natural disasters and other emergencies that could cause disruption in the election process, such as what happened during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, will be addressed.

No time is set for the Commission to complete its task according to the executive order. However, the panel has been directed to submit a final report within six months of its first public meeting. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he did not know when that first meeting would be held, but the Commission will be terminated 30 days after they submit their final report.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “President Obama took an essential step in advancing every American’s right to vote. That most fundamental right is the cornerstone of our democracy, and the President’s commission will ensure we protect a government that is determined solely by the votes of the people, not the pocketbooks of a privileged few.”

“There is no question that we face a continuing need to remove the obstacles that block too many Americans from the polls,” she continued. “Under the leadership of Congressmen John Lewis, Jim Clyburn, George Miller and John Larson, we’ve proposed election reforms to strengthen enforcement of voting laws, provide for same day and modernization of voting registration, require early voting and other resources to prevent long voting lines and reduce the problems that voters everywhere are facing.”

Referencing Obama’s State of the Union Address, Pelosi said, “As the President said in the State of Union Address, ‘When any American, no matter where they live or what their party, are denied that right because they can’t afford to wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals.’ In considering these and other reforms that will secure our voting rights, this commission will go a long way in upholding the promise of fairness and equality in every election.”

Democrat activists have been calling for changes to increase voter registration, to extend voting periods, to curb voter-identification rules and to help apparently non-political groups boost turnout by voters.

However, many are skeptical that the Commission will produce anything good due to what many consider “modest goals.” Since the panel’s recommendations are non-binding it does make one wonder exactly what is going on. I have a hunch this is not to provide fairness and equality for voters, but to prepare to scout out in preparation of taking advantage of the next election.

Jane Suskind writes:

Tova Wang, Democracy Fellow at Century Foundation and one of the consultants hired, reported that their research had been altered, with key components regarding the Department of Justice removed.

The alterations came after complaints from “several Republican officials” and a former appointee from the Department of Justice despite efforts to offset Wang’s democratic leanings with the hiring of Republican Election attorney Job Serebrov as the second consultant.

Of the EAC, Wang wrote:

“A government entity that seeks democratic progress should be transparent. It should not be in the business of suppressing information or ideas. Such an institution must be thoroughly insulated from political interference from outside operatives or other parts of the executive branch.”

Obama’s panel does not have the legal ability to rewrite state election laws, but its recommendations could help Obama’s appointees at the Department of Justice ask friendly judges to impose changes on states and that’s where this could really affect you and me.

We already know that the Obama administration, his Department of Justice and other Democrats care nothing about actually verifying if those who vote are eligible to do so. They demonstrated that this year in opposing Voter ID laws across the country, and there were numerous examples of just why those laws are needed.

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